NFU research should be understood not quoted out of context

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During my appearance before the House of Commons Ag. Committee on Feb. 5, a Conservative MP made a failed attempt to discredit me by quoting (out of context) a line from my 2009 outgoing speech as National Farmers Union (NFU) President.

I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to think that Conservative MPs are sitting up late at night reading old NFU documents.

If they would read and understand more NFU papers, the Conservative MPs wouldn’t be destroying Canada’s world-class Ag. research centers, or gutting AgriStability and biasing the program against low-cost producers, or confiscating the farmers’ Wheat Board assets without compensation, or undermining the Canadian Grain Commission, or selling community pastures and placing gag orders on pasture managers, or killing the tree farm at Indian Head which has provided trees for virtually every farm in the west and contributed to the management and preservation of millions of acres of the last native prairie grasslands in Canada, or touting corporate vertical integration over hog farmers, or refusing a costing review of the railways, or cutting the farmer co-funded AgriInvest program by 33 per cent, or...and the list goes on.

Stewart Wells - Swift Current

Organizations: Canadian Grain Commission, Canadian Wheat Board, National Farmers Union

Geographic location: Canada, Swift Current

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